Friday, September 11, 2015       Edition: #5536

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★ Today “Love Song To the Earth”, a song aiming to bring further attention to the issue of climate change, receives wide release after being limited exclusively to iTunes and Apple Music for the past week. An all-star lineup of musicians has joined together to record the tune, including Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Fergie, Natasha Bedingfield, Leona Lewis, Sean Paul and many other artists from around-the-world.
★ Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton says he’s officially single after reportedly dating Rihanna. The Brit racing star who’s been spotted on several occasions with the “Four Five Seconds” singer has apparently cooled the relationship. While he doesn’t name RiRi personally he does say he’s not bothered about being romantically linked to beautiful women … as long as they’re beautiful. Quote: ”I’m a free spirit so I’m just going in with no plans to settle down any time soon. I’m going to focus on my career.”
– “The Sun”
★ And after more than 500 performances “Hedwig & The Angry Inch” is packing up her heels and leaving Broadway after Sunday night’s final performance. Taye Diggs is the latest actor to take on the role of the transgender heroine ‘Hedwig’, the part that won Neil Patrick Harris a Tony for ‘Best Performance By a Leading Actor’ last year. The beloved rock musical won acclaim off-Broadway in 1998, then opened on the Great White Way in Spring of 2014 to rave reviews. It has collected 4 Tony Awards in total. Also closing this weekend – “Mamma Mia!”, the 8th longest-running Broadway musical of all-time.
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• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Today P!nk (“The Truth About Love”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight Ricky Martin (“A Quien Quiera Escuchar”).
• “Johnny Cash: American Rebel” (CMT) – Saturday the premiere of a new documentary that includes interviews with Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Eric Church and others. It’s the 12th anniversary of Cash’s death.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Toronto noise-rock band Metz (“Metz II”).
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/M3) – Tonight Leon Bridges (“Coming Home”).
• “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global) – Tonight tribute band Troubled Waters.
• Lollapalooza Berlin (Tempelhof Airport) – Saturday-Sunday Germany joins Chile, Brazil and Argentina as the 4th international location for the iconic festival, in addition to the original each August in Chicago IL’s Grant Park.
• LouFest (St Louis MO) – Saturday-Sunday over 30 acts play the annual event at Forest Park, including Avett Bros, Brandon Flowers, Hozier, Ludacris, Nate Ruess, and Young the Giant.
• “Miss America 2016” (ABC) – Sunday Brooke Burke-Charvet & Chris Harrison host the 89th pageant from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City NJ. Vanessa Williams returns 32 years after she won, this time as head judge. Country singer Brett Eldredge is also on the panel. Nick Jonas is the official ‘music curator’.
• “The Real” (syndicated) – Today Aloe Blacc (“Lift Your Spirit”). Rerun.
• Riot Fest (Chicago IL) – The eclectic lineup for this 3-day bash in Douglas Park includes Faith No More, Modest Mouse, Merle Haggard, Motörhead, No Doubt, Rancid, and Snoop Dogg.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight Pharrell Williams (“Girl”); Terrence Howard (“Empire”).
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – Today Ciara (“Jackie”).
• “Wendy Williams” (syndicated) – Today Jennifer Lopez (“AKA”) Rerun.

• alt-J – Saturday the Brit band begins the Fall leg of their 2015 tour of North America in Burnaby BC. Dates run through October 18th in Seattle WA. Their new album “This Is All Yours” is out September 22nd.
• Ben Folds – Today the singer/songwriter/producer releases the new album “So There”. He describes it as straight-up rock with odd instrumentation … cello, viola, flute, French horn, etc.
• Brett Eldredge – He hit it big with his debut, “Bring You Back”, and he’s hoping to repeat the feat with today’s release of the follow-up album, “Illinois”. His first album netted 3 consecutive #1 hits.
• Britney Spears – She’s extending her Las Vegas residency for 2 more years. The 33-year-old was due to complete her “Britney: Piece of Me” shows at Planet Hollywood at the end of this year but she’s now signed a new deal to continue. Quote: ”I’m not ready to leave Vegas yet!”
• Gary Clark Jr – “The Story of Sonny Boy Slim”, the sophomore album from the blues-rocker is out today. Clark is opening a number of shows for Foo Fighters this year, and will play an extensive headlining tour of North America in February, March, and April of 2016.
• Josh Groban – Saturday in Atlanta GA he embarks on a new tour in support of his album “Stages”. The North American leg wraps November 4th in San Francisco CA, then he heads off to Europe.
• Lady Antebellum – Tonight they play their first-ever Bridgestone Arena show in Nashville TN as part of their 65-city “Wheels Up 2015 Tour”. Special guests are Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt.
• Slayer – Today the veteran thrash band releases the new album “Repentless”, their first album since the death of original guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who passed away in May 2013.

• “The Perfect Guy” ( PG-13 Thriller ): After breaking up with her boyfriend, a professional woman gets involved with a man who seems almost too good to be true. And you know what they say … Stars Sanaa Lathan (“The Best Man Holiday”), Michael Ealy (” Think Like a Man” films), Morris Chestnut, and L Scott Caldwell.
• “90 Minutes in Heaven” ( PG-13 Drama ): Another faith-based movie hoping to capitalize on the success of current box office champ “War Room”. A man involved in a horrific car crash is pronounced dead, only to come back to life an hour-and-a-half later claiming to have seen Heaven. Stars Kate Bosworth, Hayden Christensen, Hudson Meek, and Bobby Batson.
• “The Visit” ( PG-13 Horror Comedy ): In this campy low-budget thriller from director M Night Shyamalan, a single mom finds that things in her family’s life go very wrong after her 2 young children visit their grandparents. Stars Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, and Peter McRobbie.
• Opening in limited release: “Coming Home” (Drama); “Goodnight Mommy” (Horror Thriller); “Sleeping With Other People” (Comedy); “Time Out of Mind” (Drama); and “Wolf Totem” (Adventure).

Based on nothing more scientific than personal preference …
10. Croissants – Basically a crescent of butter … on which you spread more butter.
9. Porridge – But do it right with steel-cut oats from Ireland and fresh fruit.
8. Yoghurt w/Fruit & Oats – At least it makes you feel good about yourself the rest of the day.
7. Waffle – Top it off with walnuts, sliced banana and – if you can find it – sugar cane syrup.
6. Crêpes – You can put anything in them, then roll ’em up. Best is simply butter & sugar.
5. Pancakes w/Syrup – Real pure maple syrup, not that fake stuff from Aunt what’s-her-name.
4. Omelette – You can put anything in it, then fold it over. Best is sharp cheese & ham.
3. Bacon & Honey Sandwich – The best hangover breakfast … salty, sweet, and satisfying.
2. Huevos Rancheros – Fried eggs on corn tortillas topped with chili sauce … and a jalapeño.
1. Eggs Benedict – Poached eggs, topped with ham, served on toasted English muffins, and slathered in Hollandaise sauce … made of even more egg-yolks and butter. Bring it!
– Adapted from

“The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep” by Swedish author & behavioral psychologist Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin promises to have your child snoozing in no time. Translated from Swedish into English, the book confidently claims “I can make anyone fall asleep” right on its cover and has garnered enough of a reputation for delivering on that promise that it’s currently sitting atop Amazon’s ‘Best Sellers’ list, the first self-published book to do so. In rave reviews dozens of parents recount how their children miraculously fell asleep before they’d even finished reading the book to them. On the other hand, it’s also been trashed as “a complete and utter waste of money”. (The paperback goes for circa $40. Chloroform is far cheaper.)
– “Mental Floss UK”

Some common beliefs set on their ear …
✗ Salt makes water boil faster. Although chefs everywhere seem to swear by it, this is scientifically impossible. Salt raises the boiling point of water, which means that it actually takes longer to boil.
✗ You have to wait 24 hours to report a missing person. This is dangerously false. You can report a missing person at any point.
✗ You sense different tastes on different parts of your tongue. You actually sense all the tastes on all parts of your tongue.
✗ Vaccines cause autism. This is a widespread myth that originated due to fraudulent research that has been shown to have been manipulated.
✗ Dogs sweat by salivating. While they do regulate their temperature by panting, they sweat through their paws.
✗ Sugar causes hyperactivity in children. Numerous studies have now shown that it simply isn’t true.
✗ Frankenstein was the name of the monster in the book “Frankenstein”. Wrong. It was actually the name of the monster’s creator.
✗ The Moon has a dark side. It has a far side, but not a dark side. And the far side positioned away from Earth is still exposed to the Sun all the same.
✗ Vitamin C cures colds. It certainly helps you stay healthy but it won’t cure your cold any more than brushing your teeth will fix your cavities.
✗ Sushi means ‘raw fish’. It actually translates as … ‘sour tasting’.
– Condensed from

The ‘World’s Largest Hammock’ is in Jersey City NJ and it’s gigantic. Videogame company King Digital Entertainment is behind the 65-foot-by-31-foot hammock, and it is reportedly big enough to hold 170 people … or 24 taxi-cabs.

There is a new computer algorithm that can recreate a Van Gogh painting in 60 minutes.
– “Washington Post”


1967 [48] Harry Connick Jr, New Orleans LA, TV personality (“American Idol” since 2013)/singer-composer (“Every Man Should Know”)/movie actor (“Dolphin Tale 2”)

1970 [45] Taraji P Henson, Washington DC, TV actress (‘Cookie Lyon’ on “Empire” 2015)/movie actress (“Hustle & Flow”)

1977 [38] Jonny Buckland, London UK, rock guitarist (Coldplay-“Viva La Vida”)

1977 [38] Ludacris (Christopher Bridges), Champaign IL, rapper (“Money Maker”)/movie actor (“Furious 7”)

1981 [34] Charles Kelley, Augusta GA, country singer (Lady Antebellum-“Bartender”)

Rock drummer Neil Peart (Rush) is 63; Pop singer Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five) is 49; Comedian Louis CK (“Louie”) is 48; Country singer Jennifer Nettles (Sugarland) is 41; Rapper 2 Chainz (“We Own It”) is 38; Movie actress/pop singer Jennifer Hudson (“The Secret Life of Bees”) is 34; TV actress Alfie Allen (“Game of Thrones”) is 29; Country singer Kelsea Ballerini (“Love Me Like You Mean It”) is 22.

Metal rock singer-musician Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) is 54; TV personality Tavis Smiley (PBS) is 51; Rock drummer Steve Perkins (Jane’s Addiction) is 48; Fashion designer Stella McCartney is 44; Country musician Joe Don Rooney (Rascal Flatts) is 40; Pop singer Niall Horan (One Direction) is 22.

• “Emergency Number Day”, saluting the direct-dial 9-1-1 emergency system. (In the UK it’s 9-9-9; in Australia 0-0-0, in New Zealand 1-1-1, in much of Europe 1-1-2.)
• “9/11 Remembrance Day”. 14 years ago at 8:46 am EDT, terrorists began the attack on NYC’s World Trade Center using hijacked commercial airliners. The Pentagon in Arlington VA was subsequently targeted. Currently, over 30,000 9/11 responders and survivors are still receiving medical treatment related to toxins released during the World Trade Center disaster.
• “Tricky Handshake Day”. Remember they only count if you spit on your hand first!

• “Chocolate Milkshake Day”. The original recipe, which appeared in a British newspaper in 1885, called for a shot of whiskey.
• “Iguana Awareness Day”, an annual observance on the 2nd Saturday of September celebrating the pets that are ‘hard to care for but easy to love’.
• “Mindfulness Day”, an emerging annual event on which a variety of workshops and meditation groups are held to bring attention to the benefits of mindfulness … cognitive awareness of the present moment.

• “Celiac Disease Awareness Day”, an annual shot of support for those suffering from the malady that causes gluten intolerance. These are people who truly need to observe a gluten-free diet to remain healthy. Anyone else going gluten-free is paying a lot of money for nada.
• “Fortune Cookie Day”, celebrating the tasty little treats with a slip of paper inside that brings good luck, a whimsical saying, or a philosophical thought. It’s thought they were likely invented in San Francisco, California around 1914.
• “Grandparents Day”, celebrated on the 1st Sunday after Labor Day since 1978 to honor all family patriarchs and matriarchs. And it wasn’t even Hallmark’s idea!
• “Hug Your Hound Day”, observed annually on the 2nd Sunday of September to encourage awareness of the need for both human-friendly and dog-friendly use of urban spaces.
• “Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day”, with the objective of empowering children and teens to become more actively involved in the planning, preparation, and cooking of meals.
• “Peanut Day”, celebrating the nut that isn’t a nut; it’s actually a legume like peas, beans, and lentils. The peanut was originally native to South America.
• “Pet Memorial Day”, sponsored by the International Association of Pet Cemeteries on the 2nd Sunday of September to remember departed dogs or perished parakeets and ponder their importance to the family.
• “Rosh Hashanah”, the 2-day Jewish New Year celebration begins at sunset.

2003 [12] Comic TV actor John Ritter (“8 Simple Rules”, “Three’s Company”) dies in a Burbank CA hospital at age 56 of complications due to an enlarged aorta

2002 [13] Soul singer James Brown’s daughters Deanna & Yamma sue their dad for royalties from songs they allegedly helped co-write, including the 1976 hit “Get Up Offa That Thing”, which they would have assisted him with when they were … 3 and 6 respectively

1999 [16] 17-year-old emerging tennis phenom Serena Williams wins her 1st US Open women’s title and 1st Grand Slam singles’ tournament, beating top-seeded Martina Hingis

2013 [02] A 400-km (240-mi) long human chain called ‘Catalan Way’ is organized by the Assemblea Nacional Catalana to promote the independence of Catalonia from Spain

[Mon] “Dancing With the Stars” season premiere (ABC)
[Mon] Boss-Employee Exchange Day
[Mon] World Maritime Day
[Tues] “The Mindy Project” season premiere (Hulu)
[Tues] Greenpeace Day
This Week Is … Emergency Preparedness Week
This Month Is … Impotence Month


• Whyzit they call a sculpture a ‘bust’ when it stops just before the part it’s named after?
• Whyzit people look up when they think? What’s that all about?
• Whyzit anything requiring service or adjustment is always in the least accessible place?
• Whyzit insurance for a car sometimes costs more than the car?
• Whyzit you always seem to pick up the supermarket items that won’t scan at the checkout?
• Whyzit a cowboy needs two spurs? If one side of the horse goes doesn’t the other?

☎ Saturday is “International Videogames Day”. What’s the best of all-time?

When you grow up a fat little kid, there are no more seesaws … only catapults.

Question: If something in your kitchen is past the expiration date it’s probably spices, followed by THIS.
Answer: Cans of soup.

Nothing is interesting if you’re not interested.

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